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Field Fitness

Friday, April 09, 2010

is it possible to stay physically fit in the field? how can you work military field nutrition into a healthy diet? Answers to these questions could help Military personnel everywhere.

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RUNE987 4/11/2010 4:20AM

    ab crunches while sitting seems like a good plan. I tried those today while at the gunnery range. The combination of moving in heavy gear and ab crunches while sitting felt like a low stress way to put extra work on the body. I'm going to incorporate the crunches into my regular work day as well. Thanks BECCIE2012 for the insight.

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BECCIE2012 4/10/2010 8:53AM

    Okay. I'm not or ever been active duty, but lets talk about what I think you could do. As a person who sits alot, there are exercises to do to help the body. Let's call it; ab clenches. It's really great to do while sitting. clench the abs for a few counts and then let them out. Do many reps of this. I do it while I drive too. I'm told that if you teach your abs to suck in instead of hanging out, they will learn to stay sucked in.
Sorry about the MRE's, but you gotta eat. Just watch the portion control. Running is good too, but I don't know if you can do it in the field. Good luck with your physical training, look forward to hearing from you when you get back and thank you for serving. emoticon

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RUNE987 4/10/2010 8:32AM

    Thank you GEKKO1. That helps a lot. Portion size control and creative fitness options. We are wearing body armor all day as well in this good old Texas spring heat. That adds about 30lbs of extra weight to work with. I'll use those ideas and see what I can come up with for field fitness.

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GEKKO1 4/10/2010 12:47AM

    You have a couple of things going against you that I can think of off the top of my head. First, you're stuck eating MRE's in the field. A situation in which you pretty much get what you get, and you need to eat whatever you can get. Second, any chow you have served to you, is not controlled by you. You don't choose how it's prepared (i.e. what it's cooked in or how it's cooked.)

Though this is a problem, you have a couple of things going for you. One, you're always moving from reveille until taps. So your calorie burn is greater than that of a civilian. Second, during chow you can determine your portion size.

Exercise is an issue, but even if you have a couple of minutes to spare, do some kind of exercise, push ups, jumping jacks, calf raises, shoulder shrugs, find some heavy objects and improvise.

You can stay fit, just burn more than you take in!

Thank you for your service! It's appreciated!

Semper Fi,


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